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Canadian Human Rights Activist Kidnapped by Undercover Israeli Forces

Jaggi Singh from Montreal was forced into an unmarked vehicle by in West Jerusalem after a visit to the Holocaust Museum. The three Israeli kidnappers showed his friend police badges, but refused to give their names

Neta Golan

8 Jan. 2003

Canadian activist Jaggi Singh was ambushed and forced into an unmarked vehicle and taken to an unknown location by 3 Israelis wearing plain clothes today when he arrived for a pre-arranged visit with a friend in West Jerusalem.

His friend, `Jonathan', released this report:

"Jaggi was supposed to visit me this evening, after spending the day at Yad Vashem. He called me to let me know that he would arrive at my house in 15 minutes. His arrival was somewhat eventful. I heard him yelling, and ran out to see three people in plain-clothes stuffing him into a car, which had been parked just outside my house. They showed me police badges, refused to give their names, and drove a car with plates 47-213-15.

"I will call a lawyer."

Jaggi's attorney, Shamai Leibovitch, and the Canadian Consulate have been contacted.

Jaggi arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on December 14th and was initially refused entry by Israeli officials for `security reasons'. His attorney took his case to court and Jaggi was eventually given a one-week visa with the condition that he not enter the occupied territories.

Jaggi is from Montreal, Canada and traveled to the occupied territories to write about the realities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Jaggi is well known in Canada and abroad for speaking out against injustice in the many forms it takes.